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Tips for Creating Your Business's Disaster Plan

A document has natural disasters on top and announces an When a massive storm hits, what does your business do? If your business is like too many others, there is no established or recently updated plan for how to respond to disasters, including large-scale storms. Disasters can end up costing your business thousands, if not millions of dollars. Having a strong business disaster plan to maintain continuity will help your company recover and return to a functioning state quickly. 

Creating a Business Disaster Plan that Works

One of the most important and toughest things to secure is buy-in from the leadership team. Once you are all united, you can roll out the plan to your employees. 

Understand the costs, risks, and needs of your company to create a working and reliable plan. An in-depth analysis of your business will be necessary to have a clear vision of your current standing and ongoing needs. Risk assessments will help you prioritize your plan and your needs. Follow the steps below to set up the best plan for your business. 

1. Create a Flowing Plan of Action

Organize your team and consider what your challenges will be. Consider the location and standard weather issues. Factor in how you would like your organization to respond to disasters. 

2. Train and Re-Train Your Staff

A plan isn’t worth much if no one understands it or has experience running through it. Take the time to train your staff thoroughly and answer their questions. Then run through any processes in a controlled environment before a situation arises. 

3. Keep the Plan Up-to-Date and Improve it

Going through exercises helps you see the flaws in a plan. As part of your practice, note what works and what doesn’t then make changes where necessary. 

4. Keep Your Supply Chain Involved

Your first thought should be on your base of operations. However, make sure your supply chain is part of your plan. Your supply chain, if interrupted, will cause problems. Make sure there is a cascade of response, so there is not a cascade of issues. 

5. Monitor Potential Threats

Your plan will help be reactive, but proactively knowing about a threat as soon as possible will increase your business’s chances of coming out of a disaster quickly. Put someone in charge of staying on top of the current disasters, storms, and even political trends. Any sort of early warning will be helpful. 

Collaborate with a Professional Recovery Team

Emergency planning seems like a scary task where you will need to take care of all your people. Remember, all you have to do is the best you can. Partnering with an experienced recovery team such as Jarvis Construction can help protect you, your employees, and your business. 

Give our team here at Jarvis Construction a call today at (866) 452-7847 to help your business recover from a disaster or plan for one. 

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